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Land of the Rising Sun

Japan, or the "Land of the Rising Sun" as it is also known by, is a unique and awe inspiring country. We hope you can join us on our 13 night exploration of Japan from Tokyo to Hiroshima.

We have organised our tour specifically to travel through Japan during the Cherry Blossom season, with luck we will be able to experience this magical event on our journey. 

We start with 3 nights in the capital, Tokyo. The city dazzles with its combination of traditional culture and passion for everything new.

Our next stop is Hakone where we will spend 2 nights with the chance to explore the world famous Mount Fuji and its surrounds in-depth. We then make our way south to the ancient capital of Kyoto which was the seat of the emperor between 794 to 1868. Due to the city's deep cultural heritage it was one of the few Japanese cities spared bombing by the Allies during WWII.

From Kyoto we catch the high-speed bullet train to Hiroshima, the site of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. The city rebuilt itself from the ground up and now stands as a city for peace. The site of the detonation was turned into a park aptly named the Peace Memorial Park with a museum at its centre. 

The last stop on your journey will be Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. Osaka is known for its great food, shopping and modern attractions and is great way to end the journey. 

"Our recent trip with Latitude 33 was truly one of our best holidays ever! Meticulous attention to detail, a unique itinerary, immersive experiences, luxurious accommodation and a great small group of like-minded travellers" - J. & B. Shaw 

Destinations: Asia, Japan

Commencing: Tokyo, Japan

Duration: 13 nights

Departure Date: 24 Mar 2022

Pricing: from $19,401

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Highlights

 

  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host and local guides 

 

Latitude 33 Japan Experience |  Land of the Rising Sun

  • 13 night tour taking in the highlights of Japan
  • English speaking local guide
  • All sightseeing on tour
  • Bullet train tickets as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfer service between cities as per itinerary
  • Breakfasts on all days and select lunches and dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • All baggage handling 

 

Hakone Kowaki-en Tenyu ‚Äč | A True Sanctuary

  • 3 nights in a Superior Room with open air bath
  • Close to Mount Fuji, an ideal location to explore this treasure of Japan
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

  • Tokyo

    Day 01

    Thursday 24 Mar 2022

    Australia | Tokyo

    Welcome to Japan!

    On arrival you will be met by your guide and transfered to your hotel.

    The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

  • Tokyo Kokyo Gaien National Garden

    Day 02

    Friday 25 Mar 2022

    Tokyo

    Begin your exploration of Tokyo today with a visit to Meiji Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deified spirit of Emperor Meiji and a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings.

    After visiting the shrine we will take a sushi cooking lesson and learn to prepare maki sushi (rolled sushi), and nigiri sushi (sushi rice topped with a slice of raw fish).  You will then get to enjoy your homemade sushi for lunch.

    Our final stop for the day is Asakusa, Tokyo’s old town where you can soak up the atmosphere of what Tokyo must have been like hundreds of years ago. Visit Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon and Tokyo’s oldest temple. The Broadway leading up to the Temple is called Nakamise and this shopping street has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and souvenirs for centuries.

    This evening we will gather for our welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

     

    The Capitol Hotel Tokyu (B/L/D)

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    Day 03

    Saturday 26 Mar 2022

    Tokyo

    Today is a day at leisure.

    It is a great opportunity to explore Tokyo further, your guide and hotel staff will be able to assist with any arrangements you wish to make today.

    The Capital Hotel Tokyu (B)

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    Day 04

    Sunday 27 Mar 2022

    Tokyo | Hakone

    After check out this morning we depart Tokyo to the town of Kawaguchiko by private coach.

    Our first stop will be a visit to the lakeside for a journey up the Kachi Kachi ropeway on Mt. Tenjo, allowing you wonderful views across Lake Kawaguchi and of Mt. Fuji, if the weather is fair.

    We will enjoy lunch afterwards before we head to the Kubota Itchiku Art Museum. The man after whom the museum is named is renowed for the revival of Tsujigahana silk-dyeing, thought to be a lost art. Here, you will see many intricate works of art on beautiful silken kimonos. 

     The final stop today is a visit to Mt. Fuji's 5th station, where the road runs out on the mountain itself. The views looking down below are quite astounding and you will begin to understand why Japan's tallest mountain is so very revered.

    Hakone Kowaki-en Tenyu (B/L/D)

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    Day 05

    Monday 28 Mar 2022

    Hakone

    This morning we depart the hotel and visit Hakone Shrine. Hakone Shrine was very popular among Samurai during the twelfth century and is hidden away in a dense forest. In fact, the shrine is so well hidden that it would be easy to miss were it not for its magnificent torii gates.

    Our next stop will be Hakonemachi where you will board a Pirate Boat taking you to Togendai. Both are ports on the shores of Lake Ashi, which is in fact an enormous volcanic crater created by an eruption 3,000 years ago.

    Hakone Kowaki-en Tenyu (B/D)

  • Kyoto

    Day 06

    Tuesday 29 Mar 2022

    Hakone | Kyoto

    This morning after breakfast we will make our way to Odawara Station and board a bullet train to Kyoto. Upon arrival at Kyoto Station, our private coach will take us to the Higashiyama district.

    We will have take part in a Tea Ceremony experience at one of the small temples in the district. Our Tea Master will give us a full explanation of Japanese tea as well as the tea ceremony itself, its long history and relationship with Zen Buddhism. 

    Next we will enjoy a stroll in Gion district, Kyoto's most famous geisha district; filled with shops, restaurants and teahouses, where geiko and maiko entertain.

    On check in at the hotel the rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure.

    * Guests main luggage will be transferred by our staff via road from Hakone to Kyoto.

    Park Hyatt Kyoto (B)

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    Day 07

    Wednesday 30 Mar 2022

    Kyoto

    This morning we visit Kinkakuji, also known as the Golden Pavilion which was originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun. After the death of Shogun Yoshimitsu, it became a Buddhist Temple at his request.  It is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples, with its top two floors completely covered in gold-leaf.

    From Kinkakuji, your private coach will take you to the nearby town of Arashiyama.First stop in Arashiyama is Tenryuji temple.  Ranked among Kyoto's five great Zen temples Tenryuji is the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama. Founded in 1339, the temple is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    On the way to Nonomiya shrine your path will lead you through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves, which are unlike any other place in Japan. The shrine is referenced in numerous works of literature, most notably in the world’s first novel; The Tale of Genji.

    Park Hyatt Kyoto (B)

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    Day 08

    Thursday 31 Mar 2022

    Kyoto

    After breakfast meet with your guide in the hotel lobby for a departure to the town of Nara by private coach.

    We will first visit Todaiji temple, one of the world’s largest wooden structures and home to Japan’s largest Buddha. The park surrounding the temple is called Nara Park, but is referred to by many as “Deer Park” due to the large population of more than one thousand tame deer who freely roam the streets and will bow their heads in exchange for a treat.

     

     

     

    Park Hyatt Kyoto (B)

  • Kiyomizu Temple - Kyoto

    Day 09

    Friday 01 Apr 2022

    Kyoto

    Today is a day at leisure.

    It is a great opportunity to explore Kyoto further, your guide and hotel staff will be able to assist with any arrangements you wish to make today.

    Park Hyatt Kyoto (B)

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    Day 10

    Saturday 02 Apr 2022

    Kyoto | Hiroshima

    This morning after check out we will board a bullet train bound for Hiroshima.

    Upon arriving at Hiroshima station a private coach will be waiting to take us to the Peace Memorial Park.

    Located in the center of the city, Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park takes up over 120,000 square meters and is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in history to suffer a nuclear attack. Before the atomic bomb, the area where the Peace Park now stands used to be the political and commercial heart of the city, and for this reason it was chosen as the pilot's target during World War II. It was decided that the area was not to be redeveloped, but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities.

    The park's main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum covers the history of Hiroshima and the advent of the nuclear bomb. It provides visitors an opportunity to hear eyewitness testimonies and learn about the devastating effects the A-bomb had on the city of Hiroshima and its people.

     

    Sheraton Grande Hiroshima (B)

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    Day 11

    Sunday 03 Apr 2022

    Hiroshima

    After breakfast we will depart to Miyajima guchi port by private coach where we will board a ferry to Miyajima Island.

    Miyajima is small sacred island located in the Inland Sea. It has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan; The Floating Torii Gate which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of Japan's '3 Most Beautiful Views'.

    On return to the hotel the remainder of the day is free at leisure.

    Sheraton Grande Hiroshima (B)

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    Day 12

    Monday 04 Apr 2022

    Hiroshima | Osaka

    After check out we will board our bullet train for Shin Osaka. 

    On arrival into Osaka we will visit Osaka Castle, the largest castle in Japan when first built in 1583. This impressive castle is surrounded by imposing stone walls and moats, and sits in Osaka Castle Park, covering an area of two square kilometers. 

    We will then visit Dotonbori, a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign. Here you will sample some of Osaka’s famous takoyaki (Octopus dumplings).

    On check in at the hotel the rest of the evening is at leisure.

    St Regis Osaka (B)

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    Day 13

    Tuesday 05 Apr 2022

    Osaka

    Today is a day at leisure.

    It is a great opportunity to explore Osaka further, your guide and hotel staff will be able to assist with any arrangements you wish to make today.

    Tonight we will get together for our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. 

    St. Regis Osaka (B/D)

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    Day 14

    Wednesday 06 Apr 2022

    Osaka | Australia

    At the scheduled time you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for your onward flight.

Land of the Rising Sun Map
 

Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHT & TRANSERS

  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International airfares from Australia 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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  • Hakone
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  • Park Hyatt Kyoto-PRINT (2)
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  • St Regis Osaka
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

  • The Capitol Hotel Tokyu | 3 nights
  • Hakone Kowaki-en Tenyu | 2 nights 
  • Park Hyatt Kyoto | 4 nights
  • Sheraton Grande Hiroshima | 2 night
  • St. Regis Osaka | 2 night
  • Kyoto
  • Fuji
  • Hiroshima
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  • Shikansen

04 | JAPAN

 

Japan is one of the safest countries to travel through with some of the friendlest people you will meet.

Our tour combines the best of an escorted tour as well as providing guests with enough free time to explore on their own. We have organised free days in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka to allow guests the opportunity to do as they wish.

Japanese cities are easily explored via the first class rail system of each city and there is so much to see and do. Our guide and friendly hotel staff will be able to advise and assist with organising any activities or areas you wish to visit on your free days.

 

 
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